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Federal Prison Time for Man Who Assaulted Flight Attendant While Traveling from Cancun to Miami

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida

Miami, Florida – A federal district judge in Miami has sentenced a 50-year-old Canadian man to six months in U.S. federal prison for assaulting an American Airlines flight attendant.

On August 6, 2021, Enio Socorro Zayas was flying on American Airlines flight #1723 from Cancun, Mexico to Miami International Airport.  During the flight, an attendant was serving refreshments to passengers and left snacks on Zayas’ lap because she believed Zayas was asleep.  Zayas then reached around his side, intentionally grabbed the flight attendant on the back of the leg, and moved his hand up to her buttocks, all without the flight attendant’s consent.

Juan Antonio Gonzalez, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami, and Vernon T. Foret, Director of Field Operation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Miami and Tampa Field Office, announced the sentence, which Senior U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck imposed.

FBI Miami and CBP Miami and Tampa Field Office investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter A. Laserna prosecuted the case.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or at, under case number 21-cr-20435-PCH.



Marlene Rodriguez
Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney
Public Affairs Officer

Updated January 31, 2022

Violent Crime